Senate Republicans ‘look like fools’ if they don’t dump 60-vote rule

President Trump railed against Senate rules requiring a 60-vote majority to pass legislation in the Senate in a series of tweets early Saturday morning, saying that the rule is “killing the R party” and “allows 8 Dems to control the country.”

He blasted Republican senators in his latest appeal for an end to the three-fifths majority filibuster rule, calling it “outdated” and stating that lawmakers in his party who were unable to get the votes to repeal President Obama’s Affordable Care Act this week “look like fools and are just wasting time.”

Under current rules, 60 votes are required to end debate on legislation in the Senate. Modifying the rules to allow a filibuster to be defeated with a 51-vote majority would prevent Senate Democrats from filibustering in future legislative fights, as the GOP currently holds a majority.

However, many senators themselves are resistant to modifying their chamber’s rules. In April, a bipartisan group of 61 senators led by Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and…

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